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Ashurst

General Business Law

4 ranked lawyersBand 1Papua New GuineaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Substantial and longstanding presence in Papua New Guinea, frequently advising clients on banking transactions, M&A and market entry, as well as energy and infrastructure projects. Its clientele includes banks, energy and natural resources companies, and airlines. Its Port Moresby office is able to draw on the expertise of colleagues in Ashurst's Australian and Asian offices. Also offers a full dispute resolution capability and noted coverage of tax and intellectual property issues.

Work highlights

Advised Total E&P PNG on a comprehensive range of issues underpinning its collaboration with ExxonMobil, Oil Search and the Papua New Guinea government in the development of the USD13 billion Papua LNG project in Gulf Province's Elk/Antelope gas field.

Notable practitioners

Derek Wood focuses principally on litigation mandates, advising clients on a variety of issues, including high-stakes matters in the resources and financial services spheres. A client notes the confidence generated by his "very good local knowledge and responsiveness."

Ian Shepherd is best known for his prowess as a commercial litigator, but is also active on a variety of transactional matters, including mandates in the banking and resources spheres. Offering nearly 30 years' experience in the jurisdiction, he offers significant understanding of the local scene to clients.

Richard Flynn leads the practice from the Port Moresby office, regularly taking leading roles on key mandates in the banking, infrastructure and resources spheres. Interviewees respect him as a prominently active player with excellent knowledge of the market, one also noting that he is "very collegiate and practical, and good to deal with."

Consultant Tim Glenn enjoys a particularly high reputation for his long experience and continuing prominence in the jurisdiction, with an interviewee noting that he has "been around forever and hasn't lost any of his sharpness," going on to emphasise the "deep relationships" he establishes with his clients. He is particularly active on multifaceted mandates supporting the development of major infrastructure and other projects and is also highly experienced in the handling of contentious matters.

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Overview

Our team comprises five resident partners, three non-resident partners, plus 13 senior associates and lawyers practicing and qualified in Papua New Guinean law.

This represents the largest complement of Papua New Guinea qualified lawyers of any of the international firms with offices in Papua New Guinea. Furthermore, the team has the greatest depth of experience of these international firms, as represented by the five resident partners whose combined PNG experience is well in excess of 100 years. This depth of experience arose because Ashurst and its predecessor Blake Dawson were the first offshore firm to establish a full service office in PNG.

Ashurst has been involved in the vast majority of PNG's major energy and infrastructure projects to date.

Ashurst also has significant experience in resource and infrastructure project development, drawing on its depth in regulatory advice and project finance. Ashurst is working on a number of the country's key resource projects, as noted in this submission (in particular Papua LNG and the Australia - PNG Submarine Data Cable.

This expertise, combined with the capabilities across our global network of offices, provides clients with a highly experienced, versatile team that is able to undertake the most complex and challenging assignments across many areas of law.

General Business Law

Ashurst

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Location

Level 4 Mogoru Moto Building

Champion Parade

PO Box 850

Port Moresby

National Capital District

Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea

General Business Law


Ian Shepherd
Band 2
Richard Flynn
Band 1